RBNZ: time for re-examination

10 February 2017 David Hargreaves says the more than a year that our central bank will effectively be without a permanent head provides an opportunity for a thorough re-examination of its role and operations. More>

FMA warns 12 firms under AML law

10 February 2017

Press release: The Financial Markets Authority has issued a formal warning to 12 reporting entities under section 80 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. More>

Mind the Gap Between Academic Research and Practice

10 February 2017

Morningstar: The returns of factor investment strategies often look more impressive in academia than in practice.Often ideas don't work as well in practice as theory would suggest, says Alex Bryan. More>

Suncorp's NZ brands profit drop

10 February 2017

Sharechat: Suncorp Group's New Zealand insurance units posted a 57 percent decline in first-half profit, mainly reflecting the Kaikoura earthquake and additional 'over-cap' claims from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes. More>

Aussie Super lobby accused of vested interest

10 February 2017

Money Management Australia: The major superannuation organisations and their executives have been described as having a "vested interest" in seeking to have the Government upgrade the objective of superannuation beyond merely supplementing the Age Pension. More>

UK pension freedom rules warning

10 February 2017

Morningstar: Since the new pension freedom rules were introduced – in April 2015 – almost half a million people have opted to take flexible payments from their pensions. But new research from pension provider Aegon, warns that many are taking unsustainable levels of income, which increases the risk of people outliving their pension funds. More>

Aussie Super and death benefits

10 February 2017

Lexology: It is clear that from 1 July 2017, the new Australian Super rules will have a number of implications on the way superannuation death benefits can be distributed to beneficiaries. This article summarises the key changes and explores possible solutions to work around potential issues. More>

NZ inflation expectations may give RBNZ pause for thought

8 February 2017

BusinessDesk: New Zealand inflation expectations for the next two years have increased, a Reserve Bank survey shows, likely adding to the view that the central bank may lift its projected track for interest rates in Thursday’s monetary policy. More>

Fight over Aussie super's objective

8 February 2017

Sydney Morning Herald: Should compulsory superannuation aim to give Australians a retirement that is "comfortable," "adequate" or "dignified"? Or should it have the more modest goal of providing retirement income to substitute or top up the age pension? More>

Non-Life Insurance in New Zealand, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2020

8 February 2017

Yahoo Finance: Timetric's 'Non-Life Insurance in New Zealand Key Trends and Opportunities to 2020' report provides a detailed outlook by product category for the New Zealand non-life insurance segment, and a comparison of the New Zealand insurance industry with its regional counterparts. More>